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Report: Jonathan Vilma among linebackers under consideration by Falcons


The Falcons are down a veteran linebacker after losing Sean Weatherspoon to a ruptured Achilles tendon expected to end his 2014 campaign.

According to a published report, they are considering multiple potential free agent linebackers to help fill that void.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Jonathan Vilma, Pat Angerer and Tim Dobbins are all on Atlanta’s radar. All three linebackers have experience in a 3-4 scheme, which Atlanta is expected to employ as its base defense.

The 32-year-old Vilma played the last six seasons for the Saints. He was limited to one game in 2013 because of a knee issue. According to Rapoport, the Falcons could bring in Vilma for a look if they believe he is healthy.

Dobbins, 31, played three games for Houston in 2013. The Texans parted ways with the eighth-year pro in October. He dealt with a hamstring injury last season.

The 27-year-old Angerer played the last four seasons with the Colts. Injuries have been the main concern with Angerer, who had offseason microfracture surgery on his knee, according to Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio and Fox.

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14 Responses to “Report: Jonathan Vilma among linebackers under consideration by Falcons”
  1. purplengold says: Jun 11, 2014 10:26 PM

    this makes me even angered

  2. purplengold says: Jun 11, 2014 10:28 PM

    this makes me even angerer

  3. mrlaloosh says: Jun 11, 2014 10:32 PM

    Vilms won’t do it. I hope.

  4. rwhite84 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:16 PM

    To replace a linebacker that’s battled careers his whole career we look at the most injury prone guys on the market.

  5. sumkat says: Jun 11, 2014 11:26 PM

    so the 3 possible replacements to take Witherspoons place, due to injury, are 3 guys that can’t stay healthy

    Makes sense I guess

  6. princeopus says: Jun 12, 2014 12:26 AM

    ive always liked angerer,kids a tackling machine,hope he doesnt sign with atlanta

  7. beckzhere says: Jun 12, 2014 7:50 AM

    I’d rather see Brooking in a Falcons uniform again than see Vilma in one. And I really don’t want to see Brooking play ever again.

  8. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 12, 2014 8:11 AM

    Desperate times I tell ya.

  9. sb44champs says: Jun 12, 2014 8:11 AM

    Vilma hasn’t really been healthy for the last couple of years. They’re just trying to get into the Saints’ playbook.

  10. tv426 says: Jun 12, 2014 8:32 AM

    I love the guy, just not sure he has anything left in the tank. But good luck to him!

  11. pantherfan40 says: Jun 12, 2014 8:36 AM

    lol vilma the bum

  12. doubleogator says: Jun 12, 2014 10:52 AM

    Vilma was a class act the entire time in NO. He may not have much left in the tank physically, but he’s a very smart football player, and a defensive coach on the field, if you don’t believe that just ask Peyton Manning…

  13. mattryansnoodlearm says: Jun 12, 2014 12:00 PM


  14. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 12, 2014 2:55 PM

    He did really good against the Falcons when he was playing for the Saints.

    But then again he was playing against Matt Ryan, and we all know Matt Ryan ain’t Drew Brees.

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